Study: Free Birth Control Results in Far Fewer Abortions, Teen Births

| by Michael Allen

According to a new three-year study published in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, when free effective contraception is available to women, the number of abortions and teen births goes down.

The study followed 9,000 women, mostly poor or lacking health insurance.

When birth control was given away for free, many women “flocked” to the more expensive effective contraceptives such as the Nexaplon hormonal implant or an IUD. For these women, the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions plummeted.

The Associated Press reports:

“The effect on teen pregnancy was striking. There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study. Compare that to a national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens in 2010. There also were substantially lower rates of abortion, when compared with women in the metro area and nationally: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study, compared with 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women overall in the St. Louis region, Peipert calculated. That’s lower than the national rate, too, which is almost 20 abortions per 1,000 women.”

Millions of women in the U.S. will receive the same benefit under Obamacare, which will require insurance companies to provide women with coverage contraception without a co-payment.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists President Dr. James T. Breeden told the Associated Press: “It’s just an amazing improvement. I would think if you were against abortions, you would be 100 percent for contraception access.”

However, Jeanne Monahan of the Family Research Council, said: "Additionally, one might conclude that the Obama administration’s contraception mandate may ultimately cause more unplanned pregnancies since it mandates that all health plans cover contraceptives, including those that the study’s authors claim are less effective."